Introducing the newest members of our IAG Cargo Graduate Scheme- Part 2

To mark a very successful six months since we welcomed a new cohort of graduates into IAG Cargo, we caught up with a few of them to find out how they’re getting on in their current roles, why the programme stood out to them, and the perks of working at IAG Cargo.

Ben Ordever

Why did you apply?

It stood out from the start thanks to its multi-placement structure, where I can explore different areas of the business and gain a deep understanding of the various roles and responsibilities. The enormous amount of travel opportunities also resonated with my adventurous side, and I look forward to exploring new countries and cultures through both work and leisure.

Tell us about your current role.

I work in Distribution where I support different business projects to ensure we provide the greatest experience for customers through our online booking channels. Some days, I need to have my data analyst hat on to explore untapped revenue opportunities within our network. Other days, I’ll be supporting colleagues and customers around the globe to ensure our online offerings are optimised.

Best thing about working in distribution? 

I’ve been given the opportunity to take ownership of a number of responsibilities and projects right from the start, meaning I can add value to the company from the get-go. The projects I am currently undertaking have tangible and financial benefits attached, so I can influence actions and results across the business. Moreover, no day is the same. New problem-solving opportunities arise regularly, making each day interesting and unique.

Megan O’Sullivan 

Tell us about your current role. 

I work in Internal Communications and Engagement, which looks at the best communication methods between the business and colleagues, whilst boosting staff engagement. Some of my daily tasks include creating content for the digital screens in our office which display key message and updates from around the business, and also implementing initiatives from COLAB- our online idea sharing platform for IAG Cargo colleagues.

What are some perks of the graduate scheme?  

There’s so many! IAG Cargo has a strong support system, and you have the opportunity to rotate around different departments, which showcases a wider outlook of the business. You have responsibilities from day one, which can feel daunting, but this is key to the learning process. Plus, we have access to flight discounts, and we recently had the opportunity to visit our hub in Madrid.

Lavanya Manimaran

What aspects of the programme stood out when applying? 

The structured training, personal guidance and mentoring, leadership opportunities and, last but not least, learning about the wider logistics industry.

Tell us about your current role.

I currently work in Revenue Management, where I focus on around 20 routes, including LATAM and the Caribbean Islands, ensuring that the configuration of ULD (unit load device), baggage, and payload is up to date. I am constantly communicating with the Sales and Network teams for opportunities- the scheme is a great way to meet people across the business and build my network.

What other departments would you like to work in as part of your rotation?

I’m passionate about working in operations, where I can learn more about how we handle the freight in a fast-paced environment.

Japneet Singhota

Tell us about your current role.

I’m based in our Premia warehouse as an Operations Manager. During my time here, I’ve been learning about how we manage our customer products, such as our Constant Climate product for transporting Pharmaceuticals.

What else have you learned so far?

There is a lot to learn, especially as each area in cargo has its own unique function. The way they all gel together to give customers the best possible service is quite remarkable. Discovering how my role impacts the wider business and our customers is crucial. 

James Wilson

Tell us about your current role.

I’m in ULD (Unit Load Device) Logistics. This involves exploring options for process improvements within our network, as well as working on projects that could make a positive sustainable change to the business.

Favourite aspect of the programme? 

The amount of individual responsibility I’ve been given to explore different projects within the team and contribute to positive change. The colleagues in my team have many years of experience, both in operational and non-operational roles, so being able to learn from them has been invaluable for developing my industry knowledge.

What advice would you give to others looking to join? 

The programme is a fantastic opportunity to learn and develop various skills that are applicable in many industries. The wide scope of potential roles and areas you can work in also make every placement a completely different challenge. If you take every opportunity offered, you will definitely reap the rewards.

Daniel Lewis-Jones

Tell us about your current role.

I work as a Regions and Customer Service Executive in the Worldwide Operations Team. Our function is to ensure that all airports we operate in are running to the same high standard.

What are your ambitions at IAG Cargo? 

I want to take full advantage of the various placements, so I can develop all the skills necessary to progress my career in the aviation industry.

What advice would you give to others looking to join? 

Understand that it’s a fast-moving industry, which offers responsibility from day one.

See what roles are available at IAG Cargo here.